Tuesday, January 16

Rider profile - James Cottrell

Brilliant chat with "Veteran" racer James Cottrell!




I am racing four years this is the first year in super-twins and trying to adjust to the bike or lack of. My dad is bike mad so all of us were on bikes at a young age, even my wife takes a bike for a spin and my son Dean is known for blowing an engine or two so we we are all reared on WD40. Well this Super-Twin racing is some craic, it's a lot different then Pre-injection as Production bikes are in the mix, with leaving cert students high on spot cream making gaps in the tyre walls. I found myself in there too but I don't bounce well, so off to Naas A&E for a ceiling staring competition. You get some mix of lads and lassies on the grid from top road racers UGP winners, Manx and international riders. You never know who's on the program so if you are running 4th or 5th one weekend the next you are out of the points, but tyres do last a long time and so does an overtake! Sod all brake horse power means you see a lot of funny facial expressions from riders, pit crews, marshals, one eye photographers and the angry chequered flag guys. This year we got 3rd in masters and 3rd in the Irish championships & awarded 3rd in Southern Star, all of which I am honoured and humbled by, I just can't believe it! This means a lot for a old man like me , all of which I could not have done without our team. Our little team consist of four riders, Nigel Colgan, Dicky Walsh, Dominic Cottrell, my brother, who keeps having a go on the brakes & myself. Together we consume a lot of Mam's sausages! The pit crew is my son Dean,Dad, my wife Sandra, and our nearest competitor as their board is far more accurate. The weekend for us involves our families, with our kids on bike's getting a shout out from the tower, to our wives and sisters-in-law shouting at the bar. Its the lads first race year and they have done well competing on all tracks to get their A license, as the road is all they talk about, that and ER's SV's down on power, chicken fried rice, beer. If any one is thinking about starting racing or falling with style this is the class to be as there is mainly two different type of bike Er650 & sv650 so plenty of spare parts in the paddock and always someone to race with as the grids are mainly full.

Not sure who the photo owner is

Thursday, January 11

Assessment day information



Entry forms for the track day and the newcomers assessment day on the 11th of March 2018 in Mondello Park are now available to download Here .

The morning will be a track day for current licence holders only and it's first come first served. The newcomers will have classroom activities in the morning and track time in the afternoon.

If you have a problem just ring Sheila on 0868762185. Places are limited on both activities so it's important to get entries in. At the moment there is no provision for a second assessment day.


If you are going to Cartagena just be aware that your bike will not be back in time and a race bike is needed for the assessment. 

Tuesday, January 9

BetClean Race of the Year - Voting



The voting is open for the BetClean Race of the Year to be awarded at the Cornmarket Irish Motorcyclist of the Year Awards night shortly.

The listed 5 are:

1.      The Vauxhall Northwest 200 Superbike race where Glenn Irwin beat all the fancied NW and Roads veterans to victory.

2.     WSBK Race 2 in Asses as Jonathan beat team mate and rival Tom Sykes over the line by just .025s.
3.     MMB Surfacing Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race which Bruce Anstey won on the Honda RCV MotoGP bike ahead of Peter Hickman and 3rd place Dan Kneen.



4.     British Supersport Knockhill Race one is nominated after the duel between Keith Farmer and Andrew Irwin resulting in a win for Farmer and set the tone for the championship between the two in 2017.

5.     BSB Brands Hatch round 12 Sprint race saw another close battle between Alastair Seeley and Andrew Irwin with Seeley eventually taking the win by only a margin of .8s.

Use the following link to vote: https://apps.facebook.com/my-polls/xnztcj

Words: Andy Quinn


Images courtesy of Ryan Fegan and James McCann

Saturday, January 6

Kells Road Racing Club AGM and Flag\Anti Doping Seminar - January 7th 2018




Notorious for it's high speeds and jumps, this midlands track is a firm favourite with fans and spectators providing acres of vantage points and grandstands to watch the two wheeled duels take place.




Steeped in history and tradition, it would be a welcome addition to the calendar with previous entrants including the Dunlops, Guy Martin and Cameron Donald.




Hampered by treacherous weather and funding in the past, the Club is hoping to host the event this year back in it's Crossakiel home. 




The Kells Road Racing Club host their annual AGM and Flag Seminar in O'Connors pub, Kells this weekend.




If you'd like to know more about the running of a Race Meeting, now is your chance to get involved or join the Supporters Club. Membership fee is 15 euros per person or 20 euros for a family.


Please contact Aileen Ferguson on 087 4515073

AGM at 2 pm. 

Seminar at approx 3.30pm 

Words and images (c) Andy Quinn



Wednesday, January 3

Kerr to compete in Dickies British 600 supersport class

One of the front runners in the Hel Performance British Motostar Championship Moto Three class over the past couple of seasons, Kilmacrennans Richard Kerr, has decided to change classes for the forthcoming 2018 season.

The 17 year old student will switch to the Dickies British 600 supersport class on board the Campbell Motor Sport 675 Triumph.

The bike is owned by business man Robert Campbell and is looked after by Triumph Engineer Simon King.

Despite not having ever raced a larger capacity machine before, Richard is relishing the new challenge that lies ahead, “I am really looking forward to moving up into the Supersport class. I have never ridden a supersport bike before, but I have a good idea of what to expect. I hope I can adapt to the bike well , The 675cc Triumph has much more power than the Moto3 but the Triumph being much bigger and heavier it will be much more stable than the Moto3.”

Standing at 5.10 ft, Richard admits that he was having trouble getting  tucked into the moto three machine, but should feel much more comfortable on the bigger machine, on which he will get his first run on the “Campbell Motor Sport Triumph 675r “ when the team go for a four day test at Almeria in January.



Finishing 4th in the British Championships this year, Richard who scored no less than 8 podium finishes in the British Championships, began his career in junior moto cross before taking to the tarmac in 2013, where in his first season he clinched both the 125 and newcomers championships.

After joining forces with Bob Wylie Racing, Kerr tackled the British Moto three series, with a best result of Third at Cadwell Park.

This past couple of seasons, Richard has raced the NWR KTM, and is the present Bishopscourt, Kirkistown  and St Angeleo Moto Three Lap Record holder.

The Donegal rider is presently concentrating on the 2018 season, knowing that he will have to re adapt his riding style, The quietly spoken Kerr is training on a daily basis  and is confident that he can bring the team top ten results before the season is over.

“Campbell Motor Sport”, headed up by Electrician Bob Campbell, who has been involved in Motorcycle racing since the early nineties, and partnered with Mark Johns for many of those years to field riders like Milky Quayle, Ian Hutchinson, Marty Nutt and Nico Mawhinney. Following a step back from racing for a number of years, CMS have been planning an assault on the Dickies British Supersport championship, with Bob's two sons Mark and Simon King, building the new Triumph Daytona 675R for the task.

The build has taken approximately two years with substantial engine development taking priority, Simon, who works as an Engine Management Engineer for Triumph at their factory in Hinckley, and Mark, a Precision Engineer, have used the time to try new concepts and manufactured their own prototype parts and are confident the bike will be competitive following development in preparation for this season. Simon worked with Richard during his final Moto 3 season helping with Data analysis and engine development and spotted that he would be an ideal candidate to ride the Triumph next season! The team is supported by R.G. Campbell Electrics, Biohazard Performance and M.K Engineering and looks forward to working with Richard in 2018.

Richard Kerr would like to thank Campbell Motor Sport, Robert Campbell, Simon King and Mark King for this great opportunity and all my sponsors Amanda Sheridan, Reuben Sheridan, Lennon Logistics, Laverty Mobile Catering, Lisnagalt Lodge Bed & Breakfast, Edgar Scott, McCarville Cars, Donegal Gearbox Rebuild Services, KER Group, Campsie Karting Centre, Callaghan Transport, K.P Engineering, Micad Security, Motoworld, Mc Fadden Body Repair and Mark Kelly, Dad and my Family.



Photo; Left to Right; Steve King,Bob Campbell and Richard Kerr

Words/Photos; Baylon McCaughey

Saturday, December 30

CMRVC Flag Seminar and Team 109 Fundraiser today



The flag seminars appear on the horizon today kicking off, as the Cork Motorcycle Racing and Vintage Club host theirs this afternoon at 5pm in Barrett's bar Killeady.



Following this, a fundraiser will take place for Team 109 who are supported by the CMRVC club.



Glenn Irwin will be on hand for the event and should make for a exciting evening.



Team 109 will be running three riders in the upcoming season, so please try to get over to support the event.


Thursday, December 28

Road Racing - JUNIOR & SENIOR SUPPORT RIDER UPGRADES 2018



Well done on being upgraded for 2018 all.

Safe seasons racing to you.


JUNIOR SUPPORT

1. Joe Loughlin
2. Michael Browne
3. Oisin Watson
4. Jamie Williams
5. Marc Ironside
6. Darren Cooper
7. Alan Johnston




SENIOR SUPPORT

1. Joe Loughlin
2. David Howard
3. Jonathan Gormley
4. Alan Johnston
5. Adam Lyons
6. Jamie Williams
7. Marc Ironside



Images courtesy of Andy Quinn

Monday, December 25

Thank you to the Photographers for 2017



While we like to pride ourselves on bringing articles of interest and race reports as well as rider interviews, the cold hard fact is that our text would be useless without images. While Ireland has produced some talented riders, I believe that we also harbour an elite bunch of photographers.

We, at Irish Superbike Racing, are extremely grateful for your work and don’t take for granted the lengths you all go to when capturing the moment.

Here is a selection (in NO order, purely random) of some of your 2017 shots.

Thank you guys, you rock!

Ryan Fegan with Michael Dunlop at Creg ny Baa


Big Joe Connolly with Irish Masters Superbike Champion Richie Ryan


James McCann with MCE British Supersport champion Keith Farmer


Stephen Mahon with Aaron Clifford


Tom O'Hanlon with Thomas Whitmore


Johnny Sweeney with Derek Sheils and Derek McGee


James Foley with Dave Butler


Andy Quinn with Derek McGee on the Joey Dunlop RC 45 at Faugheen


Title photo Tom O'Hanlon



Wednesday, December 20

Riders upgraded to Pro for Dunlop Masters Series




For 2018 the Masters will return to running its own grading system and below is the list of riders who have been upgraded. Any riders who are not on this list will retain the grade they previously raced with at the Masters.

SUPERBIKE

Mark Abraham
Andrew Murphy
Eddie Healy
James Kelly
Michael Weldon


SUPERSPORT

Eunan McGlinchey
Kia McGreevy
Luke O'Higgins
Aaron Wright
Caolan Irwin
Graham Whitmore
Michael Browne

Good news for our Masters competitors for 2018 courtesy of Dunlop.



Any rider riding in a class other than Superbike and Supersport, who can use the same tyre compounds and sizes as those being supplied for the Superbike and Supersport classes, will be able to buy at the reduced price.

Tyres will only be available for purchase for Masters use and as part of our control of this all competitors are required to register for the championship.

Register here for the discount programme